Coordinates synergistic efforts between educators and their communities.
Fosters collaboration between STEM students and students in other knowledge domains.
Supports a novel and multi-disciplinary approach to community-engaged learning.
Utilizes a collaborative model for devising technology-based solutions to community problems.
Collaborating Across Boundaries to Engage Undergraduates in Stem Learning (NSF DUE Award #1914869) was conceived at The College of New Jersey to meet the growing need for STEM-literate professionals across a range of disciplines.
Classes from different disciplines - STEM and non-STEM - are paired to work under the guidance of their instructors with a community partner on a community-identified problem. After experiencing their first partnership, each participating instructor commits to partner with one new colleague and one new community partner on a second community-identified problem.
This continued application of the model offers a way to build a community of practice around collaboration, interdisciplinarity, and community-engaged learning, as well as conduct ongoing research on best practices using this model.
SOAP (Students Organizing Against Pollution) is a software development project that tests our hypothesis that collaborations between computer science students, non-CS students and a community partner are an effective way to boost computational thinking
The goal of the SOAP project is to create an online resource that provides more accurate, accessible and comprehensive information about neighborhood-level environmental conditions in Trenton, New Jersey than is currently available through local state and federal databases.
We are looking for educators, computer science students, students in computing-dependent fields, and community partners who are interested in new models for interdisciplinary collaboration and community-engaged learning.
Learn more about us by participating in one of our events.